Stunning oceanfront views overlooking Cape Cod

The Butterfly House in Mattapoisett (named due to the shape of inverted roof designed to catch rainwater) is owned by Chuck & Kristin, the original design/builders of St. John’s Great Expectations. This house is located on almost 6-acres of total privacy on the west shore of Mattapoisett Harbor directly across from historic Ned’s Point Lighthouse. The Butterfly House offers magnificent views over Buzzard’s Bay to Cape Cod to the east and Martha’s Vineyard to the south. The house is on a 750 foot private beach offering swimming, boating and fishing.

Mattapoisett is a small coastal village with all the charm of the Cape and Islands but none of the traffic , crowd, or expense. In the 1600s, the Wampanoag Indians summered here (canoeing down the Mattapoisett River from Plymouth in the late spring) having their clambakes on the beach. By the 1700s, Mattapoisett was a prominent shipbuilding and whaling center; 400 ships were built on the wharf, including the ship Moby Dick author Herman Melville sailed on. In the 1800s, prominent families from Boston, Philadelphia and New York summered here to escape the heat.

You can bike to the nearby Mattapoisett Bike ‘Rail Trail’ with 5 miles of paved bike paths west to Fairhaven (like the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, right up to the front door of Margarets Restaurant). You can boat up the Mattapoisett River or to the Ice Cream Slip at the Town Wharf. You can relax outdoors, enjoying the refreshing ocean breezes and watch the sailboats tacking back and forth right in front of the house. Cape Cod and the Islands (Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cuttyhunk) are nearby and Boston, Quincy Market, Kennedy Library and Fenway Park are about an hour’s drive.

We believe that after a week at the Butterfly House you will truly agree that the Wampanoag definition of the word “Mattapoisett” which is “a place of resting” is apropos to our house as well!

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House Rules

The House is absolutely non-smoking inside.

The House is not recommended for children under 8 years of age (the 360 degree wraparound deck is 12 feet off the ground with only a rope railing). The main floor (living room, dining area, kitchen, master bedroom, bathroom) are all on the first floor deck level which is accessed by an exterior spiral staircase (with a rope handrail).  The loft area is accessed by an interior spiral staircase and has a ceiling which varies in height from 12’ to 6’ due to the inverted roofline. 

The House and its facilities are for the exclusive use of only guests residing at the House without the express written permission of the owners.

Sorry, no cats allowed due to allergies; dogs are welcome



$3500/week for the first 2 people
$250/week for each additional person (6 pax max)

Fall, Winter, Spring Rentals

$2500/week for the first 2 people
$250/week for each additional person (6 pax max)

Security Deposit

We charge a $500 refundable security deposit and reserve the right to charge for electricity if we incur an extraordinary electric bill (which has never happened). Our electricity bill is normally about $20 to $30 per week which we usually just absorb, unless it is much higher as a result of the air conditioning (or electric heat) being used excessively or inappropriately, or the fresh rain water stored in the 3000 gallon cistern is abused and used up requiring us to make potable water by turning on the back-up Reverse Osmosis system which needs electricity to run.

Prices subject to change prior to receipt of 50% deposit

Balance due 30 days prior to arrival


All monies returned in full at anytime for any reason, when re-rented

Trip cancellation insurance through CSA is recommended


Fully-furnished (including plates, glasses, utensils, pots and pans, sheets, towels, blankets, beach chairs, bicycles, hammock, etc.)

Master bedroom: air-conditioned with a Queen-size bed and an incredible water view, full bathroom with double sink vanity

Upper floor open loft: Queen-size bed with air-conditioning and two twin beds with second full bathroom (all with a view of the water)

Wall-to-wall carpeting in living room, master bedroom and upper floor

Kitchen fully equipped with:

  • Amana frost-free refrigerator w/automatic icemaker

  • KitchenAid halogen cooktop with indoor electric BBQ grill

  • JennAir electric self-cleaning oven

  • Bosch super quiet dishwasher

  • Cuisinart Grind & Brew coffeemaker, hand mixer, blender and microwave oven

House amenities:

  • Outdoor gas BBQ grill

  • Outdoor furniture and hammock

  • Washer & Dryer

  • Exercise equipment (elliptical machine)

  • Bicycles (5 mile Bike Trail from Mattapoisett to Fairhaven nearby)

  • Printer

  • Verizon FIOS (fiber optic) High Speed Wireless Internet (WiFi)

  • Built-in wall speakers connected to iPod dock and Apple Express to play iTunes

  • iHome iPhone ready charger and player with an AM/FM stereo radio2

  • TV's, including High-Definition

  • RCA AM/FM stereo with iPod dock and 5-disc CD player and in wall speakers

  • Ceiling fan

  • Wood-burning fireplace

  • Cleaning service available

  • Kayak & Paddle Board rentals nearby